WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Just two weeks ago, Cortney Holloway was shot multiple times at the state tax office in Wichita. Today, he sat down in his first on-camera interview to talk about the chilling moments that almost took his life.
That day at work started just like any other for Cortney Holloway, until a man walked in, called Holloway by name, and pumped five bullets into his body. Two of those bullets are still lodged inside of him. Doctors are calling Holloway a miracle patient; out of the 5 bullets, two of them just barely missed his organs, including his heart.
“There was really a time during that whole ordeal that I thought I may never see them again,” said Holloway. “I remember thinking, I may never see my wife, my kids or anyone ever again. I was honestly preparing to die.”
Holloway spent a week in the hospital, fighting for his life, and today he and his wife are just happy he’s finally home.
“There’s been several emotions – scared of course – when it was all happening and not knowing if I was going to see anybody ever again – anger – why me? I’m a husband. I’m a father. I’m a son – so it goes beyond me being a state employee or an officer of the state – it’s just the fact that I’m a human being and an individual tried to take my life for no reason,” said Cortney Holloway.
I spoke with Cortney’s wife, Moniqueka Holloway just one day after Cortney’s surgery. That day, a very emotional wife shared her fears and anger that her husband may never make it to that porch to grow old with her and her kids. She cried, telling KSN the promise her husband made to grow old with her. Wednesday, a very different wife, shared how elated she is to have the opportunity to be with her husband and see him through his recovery, adding how faith has kept them united and strong.
“I’m so happy to have him home,” she said. ” We are active members of Resurrection Community Church and honestly, that’s all we have, even in this moment; Jesus Christ is what has brought Cortney this far. I know that there is so much more in store and I can see God using Cortney in many different ways.”
Cortney is currently receiving physical therapy a few times a week and says his only focus is his family and his recovery.
“I am still doing outpatient therapy and that will continue for some time,” he said. “I’ve got some nerve issues in my left leg as well as in my right arm and just trying to get some strength back in my legs and arms so I can eventually walk without this walker.”
Among being a family man and a survivor, Cortney is also a writer. His poetry book Summer Rain, was published in 2015.
“I wrote it back in the early 2000’s but I didn’t publish it until 2015,” he explained. “It was always a dream of mine to get that out.”
There is a recovery fund that has been set up for Cortney Holloway at Legacy Bank. Interested individuals can stop by multiple locations to make a donation toward helping Cortney’s long-term recovery.